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NEWS: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World Surpasses One Million Copies Sold


Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailThe perennially favorite women’s book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver (WaterBrook Press), has sold more than one million copies and has been honored with the ECPA Platinum Award.  Originally released in 2000, Weaver’s CBA and Publishers Weekly best-seller on the sisters of Bethany, Mary and Martha, has become a cherished resource for women’s Bible study groups.

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World immediately struck a chord with women who felt the conflict between wanting to sit at the feet of Jesus and the demands of a busy world—just like Martha and Mary thousands of years ago. Weaver’s book is an invitation for women who feel they aren’t godly enough, loving enough or doing enough.

“It all began with the desire to write biblical fiction. I’ve always been fascinated by the story Mary and Martha in Luke 10, but as I looked at the rest of the story found in John 11 and 12, I realized that there was much more than just a novel in these two sisters from Bethany,” said Weaver.

“After a year of insomnia and living in a wind tunnel of words, I remember praying two things as I wrote Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World…1) ‘Oh Lord, let it make sense!’ and   2) ‘Somehow use it for Your glory.’ It’s pretty amazing how God takes what we put in His hands and uses it in ways we could have never imagined,” Weaver added.

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World was one of those books that just resonated with women,” says Stephen W. Cobb, president and publisher of WaterBrook Multnomah.  “We knew from the start that we had something special with this title and with Joanna. We’re proud to see it reach such a significant milestone and that the book is as meaningful to women today as when it came out 14 years ago.”

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World became the first in Weaver’s Bethany trilogy. She went on to write the additional best-sellers Having a Mary Spirit (WaterBrook Press, 2006) and Lazarus Awakening (WaterBrook Press, 2011). In 2013, the series was repackaged with new covers and WaterBrook released an all new 10-week DVD and companion study guide of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World.  The timeless resource is also available in a gift edition. The new DVD curriculum and study guide for Having a Mary Spirit released in October 2014 and the video series and study guide for Lazarus Awakening will be available in June 2015.

SNEAK PEEK: Having a Mary Spirit by Joanna Weaver


sneak-peak_1852A woman’s guide to personal transformation—from the inside out.

Click here to download chapter one of Having a Mary Spirit.

From the author of the perennial bestseller Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World comes a powerful new book that takes women on the next step in their spiritual journey. Joanna Weaver gives women biblical insights and practical tools to partner with God for a soul-deep makeover, from the inside out.

Click here to download chapter one of Having a Mary Spirit.

VIDEO: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World Curriculum


Feeling the Holiday Frenzy?


Feeling overwhelmed by the holiday frenzy that ensues all around? Take a deep breath and slow your heart, mind, and soul. We invite you to read this excerpt from Joanna Weaver’s devotional, At the Feet of Jesus. May a few minutes spent at the feet of Jesus calm you today.

November 30thGod is within her, she will not fall. Psalm 46:5

Perhaps like me, you’ve tried for years to give a certain issue over to God. A habit, attitude, or addiction. Or an area of fear and doubt. “I’ll be different, Lord,” you’ve promised as you surrendered it to Him. And for a while you are. But just when you think you’ve finally gained victory over that issue, there it is again—back in your hand. Somehow you’ve picked up the habit or situation once more, and you wonder if you were ever truly free. Which is exactly what Satan wants you to think… keep reading here.

PODCAST: At the Feet of Jesus by Joanna Weaver


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SNEAK PEEK: At the Feet of Jesus by Joanna Weaver


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You were made for more than serving God; you were made to know Him.

Click here to download the first chapter of At The Feet of Jesus now.

Intimacy with God—to know Him and be known by Him. It is what our hearts desperately need, but somehow life conspires to keep us busy and distracted. For anyone who struggles when it comes to daily devotions, At the Feet of Jesus extends an irresistible invitation to set aside your duties and find the amazing peace and incredible joy that come from time alone with Him. Drawn from Joanna Weaver’s beloved Bethany trilogy, each reading in this 365-day devotional includes a Bible reading passage and reflection question. All-new material and “Going Deeper” sidebars are also woven throughout.

Click here to download the first chapter of At The Feet of Jesus now.

 

SNEAK PEEK: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver


sneak-peak_1852An invitation for every woman who’s ever felt she isn’t godly enough, isn’t loving enough, isn’t doing enough.

Click here to download chapter one of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World.

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World is a reminder to women today that they’re not much different from those in the Jesus’ time. Drawing on the Biblical story of Mary of Bethany and her sister Martha, Weaver suggests that the troubles of balancing spending time with God and meeting the high-demands of a busy life is an age-old problem. Offering fresh Bible study, lively anecdotes, meaningful illustrations, and creative, practical strategies, readers will learn to first spend quality time with God, then—after being filled—to reach out in humility, sacrificial service, and love.

Click here to download chapter one of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World.

DOWNLOAD: Study Guide for Lazarus Awakening


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With just a word Jesus called Lazarus from the grave and His Word can help bring us out of our tombs as well. This ten-week Bible study for the book Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver is designed to help you move toward your own awakening. Click here to download the study guide now.

 If an eight-week format works better for you, you’ll find directions at the end of this guide for adapting it. Also, check out the downloadable workbook and leader’s guide available at www.joannaweaverbooks.com 

VIDEO: Lazarus Awakening for Small Groups


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SNEAK PEEK: Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver


sneak-peak_1852The final installment in Joanna Weaver’s Mary Martha Trilogy…the story of Lazarus!

Download Chapter One of Lazarus Awakening here!

In this life-giving book, Joanna Weaver shows you how to embrace the truth that Jesus loves you apart from anything you accomplish, apart from anything you bring. Just as He called Lazarus forth to new life, Jesus wants to free you to live fully in the light of His love, unbound from the grave clothes of fear, regret, and self-condemnation.  Love is calling your name.

Download Chapter One of Lazarus Awakening here!   More information about the book is available here.

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